How to Ice Proof a Garden Hose


The average garden hose is not just for watering. The hose is a water toy on a summer day. You can use the hose to outline round or curved flower beds. You wash down the sidewalk and driveway, spray an unsuspecting stray dog or even wash the car with the garden hose. In the winter, any water left in the hose causes the casing walls to expand and burst. The damage makes the garden hose useless.

Step 1

Detach the garden hose from the spigot. Cover the spigot, if you desire to avoid winter freeze-up. Remove any sprayers or attachments from the hose. Set up the stepladder outdoors on a level surface.

Step 2

Unwind the hose so it is laying flat on the ground. Pick up one end of the hose and hold it high above your head. Allow any water to drain down toward the other end of the hose.

Step 3

Pull the end you are holding over the top of the stepladder allowing the rest of the hose to travel over the back side and across the lawn. Slowly pull the garden hose down the front of the ladder, letting any water run back down the remaining section of hose and out the other end. Curl the hose as you pull to form a figure eight.

Step 4

Continue pulling and wrapping the hose until you have drained all the water trapped inside. Tie the garden hose at each end of the figure eight with twist ties or zip strips.

Step 5

Place the garden hose into a plastic storage bag or other container. Place the bag or container in a dry location for winter storage. If you have a hose reel, store the garden hose on the reel but wrap it loosely to avoid cracking the hose during the winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't hang the hose from nails or hooks. The weight of the hose causes stress and will weaken the hose walls.

Things You'll Need

  • Stepladder Plastic storage bag or container Twist ties or zip strips


  • University of Illinois: Winterizing Garden Tools
  • Iowa State University: Winterizing Garden Equipment
Keywords: ice proof hose, draining garden hose, winterizing garden hose

About this Author

Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently, Richards has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.